Almaty is the largest city of Kazakhstan, the capital of the country until 1997. It is still called the Southern Capital by many, because of its size, population and abundance in cultural, economic and political influence.
The city is located in the south-east of Kazakhstan. It is a convenient hub to start or continue tours to China, especially its Xinjiang Disgrict and capital Urumqi. Also, it is easy to travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from Almaty. Inside Kazakhstan, the closest tourable destination is the current capital city, Astana.
Almaty has many attractions to offer to a savvy traveler. The city has a well-developed tourist infrastructure, with a wide choice of hotels, from hostels and small BnB to luxurious 5-star hotels operated by leading global hotel networks.
History of Almaty
In 1854, Almaty was a border-based Fort Verny, protecting the frontier of the Russian Empire. The ancient history goes back to a settlement that existed in this area a thousand years ago. In 2016, Almaty celebrated its 1000 anniversary and the related events in the city were included in the official UNESCO calendar of jubilees and memorable dates.
Rich history of Almaty has been reflected in numerous historic and cultural monuments and even in the contrasts that are abundant in the city architecture - from old houses of merchants to state-of-the-art modern skyscrapers.
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